O’Neill encourages farmers to apply to Business Development Groups

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill (centre) is encouraging farmers to apply to the newly opened Business Development Groups under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme. Minister O'Neill is pictured alongside father and son James (right) and Frank Lowe (left) on their family dairy farm in Coalisland, Co.Tyrone. Further info on the Business Development Groups and how to apply can be found at www.cafre.ac.uk/business-development-groups. Applications close on 14 December 2015.
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill (centre) is encouraging farmers to apply to the newly opened Business Development Groups under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme. Minister O'Neill is pictured alongside father and son James (right) and Frank Lowe (left) on their family dairy farm in Coalisland, Co.Tyrone. Further info on the Business Development Groups and how to apply can be found at www.cafre.ac.uk/business-development-groups. Applications close on 14 December 2015.
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Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has encouraged farmers to submit their applications for Business Development Groups (BDG’s) as soon as possible.

Business Development Groups mark the first phase of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Applications to the BDG’s must be submitted by 4pm on December 2014.

Speaking during a visit to the Coalisland farm of James Lowe, Minister O’Neill said: “By participating in Business Development Groups, farmers will be able to work together to gain skills which will help them develop their businesses, learn about new technology and improve farm profitability. They will be supported by a CAFRE Development Adviser and they will have the option to gain a Level 3 qualification.

“With a challenging climate in all sectors, I encourage farmers right across the industry, to apply to this new programme which will assist them in acquiring the tools to make the right decisions about their businesses.”

Mr Lowe added: “Business Development Groups will provide the opportunity to visit other participating farms, to share knowledge and experiences which may be useful on the home farm. In tough economic times the Groups will allow individuals to talk with like-minded farmers and share everyday concerns.”

For further information visit: http://www.cafre.ac.uk/business-development-groups or call 028 9442 6770 or email: developmentservice.admin@dardni.gov.uk.